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ATF Announces Final Rule on Pistols Equipped With a Stabilizing Arm Brace

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the Stabilizing Pistol Brace Final Rule published in the Federal Register. ATF asserts that when manufacturers, dealers and individuals attach a stabilizing arm brace to a pistol, it is defined as a short-barreled rifle and must comply with the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA).

NSSF® submitted comments to ATF on its proposed rule which can be read here. ATF’s rulemaking was recently called into question by a federal appellate court.

NSSF is carefully reviewing the final rule which goes into effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. The rule allows for a 120-day period for manufacturers, dealers, and individuals to register tax-free any existing NFA short-barreled rifles covered by the rule or take other measures to avoid being a felon. This will clearly be a topic of much discussion at next week’s SHOT Show®.

For more information visit ATF.gov.

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